Holding Onto Your Dreams With Faith Dreamside #4

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Faith, Monica, and Shan stand before the lord of lost dreams in the Deadside. He calls himself Belu, and he threatens to trap all three heroes with their fears and dashed hopes. Shan is haunted by her late husband, while Faith’s goals of being a hero assail her. Belu himself holds Monica. Can Faith and Shan rally and stop Belu from taking control of Monica forever?

Faith Dreamside #4 cover by Marguerite Sauvage
Faith Dreamside #4 cover by Marguerite Sauvage

Faith Dreamside #4 concludes this Faith Herbert-spotlighting miniseries. The big bad is revealed, he stands against our heroes, and it’s up to them to find out how to bring him down.
It’s a very upbeat comic, as one should expect from a Zephyr miniseries. It just wouldn’t quite be Faith if it didn’t have a cheery message to send. This one focuses on the idea of not giving up on one’s goals and dreams, no matter how much the world seems to stand against them.
Some might find that to be a little too saccharine, and, if that’s how they feel, I can’t quite say that it’s an incorrect evaluation. In fairness, the story doesn’t really get much deeper than that message either.
That said, this is a simple and straightforward superhero tale with a lovable hero and a positive moral to send, and sometimes that’s enough. In this case, it was–at least for me.
Faith Dreamside #4 art by MJ Kim, Jordie Bellaire, and Dave Sharpe
Faith Dreamside #4 art by MJ Kim, Jordie Bellaire, and Dave Sharpe

MJ Kim’s artwork really gels with the positive vibes too. The anime/manga-style gives the characters a distinguished yet cartoonish appearance that jives with the high energy and lofty hopes of the narrative. Belu has a really good visual design too. There are some rather creepy moments thanks to the art, and I rather dug them too. Jordie Bellaire plays with the color palette well, attuning the scene to whatever mood the story is trying to convey at that moment.
Faith Dreamside #4 is a simple, straightforward, and very cheery finale. It shows our heroes steeling themselves for the challenge before them while figuring out what might be broken inside of them. It’s a solid read and is worth a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.
Faith Dreamside #4 comes to us from writer Jody Houser, artist MJ Kim, color artist Jordie Bellaire, letterer David Sharpe, cover artist Marguerite Sauvage, and variant cover artists Sibylline Meynet and Stephane Roux.

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